Wellbeing Projects
We run charity wellbeing projects across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Over the past 18 years our charity work has reached over 45,000 people across the region. Below are some examples of our project work.
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    About our projects

    The Hive’s Wellbeing Projects provide a safe path to personal and community growth. We use inspiring, inclusive, creative experiences to transform lives, engaging professional musicians and artists to help those in our communities who face challenges in their lives.

    Our project participants included: care experienced young people, adult carers, young adults in touch with mental health services, siblings of young oncology patients, autistic young adults, young people with special educational needs, young people living in poverty and young adults living in supported housing.

    Our projects are also designed to respond to the needs of our local communities and implement targeted work with older people, as well as inter-generational projects.

    For more information on any of the projects listed, please email admin@hiveonline.org.uk

    All of our Wellbeing Projects work towards four core outcomes

    Feel positive and more confident


    Feel comfortable in being who they are


    Value working with others


    Build their own resilience


    2000+ workshop spaces made available to the community by The Hive in 2022


    600+ workshop hours delivered by The Hive in 2022

    Our 2023 projects
    Funded by Children in Need

    Creative sessions which enable parents, carers and children aged 5 and under to form joint experiences and memories whilst building relationships and developing children’s creativity, sensory and essential social skills. Interactive sessions take place two to three times a month during term time at Riversway Elim Church.

    Hidden Waterways
    Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and Shropshire Council

    An intergenerational community project exploring the heritage and tales behind Shropshire’s hidden canals and waterways. Through creative workshops we engage participants in traditional and modern art forms and how they can be used as a vehicle for storytelling; use creativity as a tool to improve mental and emotional wellbeing; and improve community cohesion and pride in the local area. Workshops so far have included pottery, photography, and poetry. We’re programming even more activity this summer and we’re looking for participants to take part.

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    Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities; Wynn Foundation; Tesco Bags of Help; and The Community Foundation for Staffordshire

    MYCollege works creatively to boost confidence, encourage connection and get 16 – 30 year olds living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin believing that “they can”. Specifically designed to support those experiencing transitory challenges in life and help them gain independence. Participants aim to learn new skills, make connections with others, explore ideas, build confidence and have fun. These workshops are led by our team of professional artists. Access by referral, for example from: adult mental health team, care leaver support team, education pastoral care team, young adult carer teams.

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    Out of the Groove
    Funded by Youth Music, in partnership with The Grange Gang

    Introduce music to a youth group in a positive and engaging way, as a progressive, enjoyable, and beneficial activity for young adults aged 15 – 25 with additional needs who live in Harlescott, Shrewsbury.

    Cultural Investigators
    Funded by Arts Council England: National Lottery Project Grants

    Starting in Summer 2022, this project is about recognition, celebration, and promotion of local culture amongst young people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged 5 – 18, we explore the artistic and cultural inspiration that The Hive has provided over the years and use this, alongside a choice of exciting creative opportunities to engage young people in realising the potential for their own cultural futures. The young people become researchers, learners, practitioners, performers, and curators.

    Our Footprints, Our Lives, Our Deaths
    Funded by Shropshire Council

    Working with the local homeless community at Shrewsbury Ark to explore and open up conversations about death and grief, through a series of creative workshops using print and poetry. As part of National Grief Awareness Week (2 – 8 Dec) a free open access public session was also delivered at Shrewsbury Library to engage more people. The exhibition is touring Shropshire Libraries and will culminate at The Hive Gallery (4 – 30 May). A creative engagement activity forms part of the display and has welcomed further involvement from the community with this project along it’s travels of the county. All welcome to the FREE launch at The Hive on Thursday 4th May @ 3pm

    Exploring Creativity
    Funded by St. James’s Place Foundation

    In partnership with SYA (Shropshire Youth Association) who have setup a youth group in Whitchurch, which falls into the 30% most deprived areas nationally and has been without youth provision for years. Weekly term-time creative engagement activities using art, craft, food, music and photography are provided for the benefit of the young people, and the project will culminate with a touring exhibition of Shropshire.

    Shining Stars
    Funded by Youth Music

    Music-based workshops for looked after children aged 10 – 17 to record a series of podcast episodes around their interests and issues affecting them. Encouraging young people to use music and creativity to build confidence, relay messages and make positive connections with their peers and wider community. This is a continuation project and will resume in Spring/Summer 2022.

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    I learnt new songs and got to know the group. The tutors encourage us to do new things and use more ideas, and they explain how we write songs as a group

    Social anxiety is something I used to struggle with. Since I have been involved with The Hive, I am much more confident in contributing to discussions and speaking to others

    The Hive team are really supportive. If you’re unsure about anything, you can contact the staff. You can talk to the tutors, tell them how you’re feeling and why you’re nervous

    MYCollege has been a fabulous preparation for him moving into the world of Higher Education as a full-time student

    I learnt a lot of new professional and technical skills. The experience gave me insight into how the industry works and increased my ambition

    Our Wellbeing Project Partners and Funders

    We are proud to partner with some amazing organisations to help strengthen the cultural and creative connections with children, young people and adults living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. The support we receive from our funders allows us to continue to deliver a diverse range of enriching activities and programs.

    Our Funders
    Our Partners


    Crossroads Together

    Grain Photography

    Shropshire Autism Hub

    Shrewsbury Town Council


    Riversway Elim Church

    Shropshire Council, Shropshire Virtual School

    Shropshire Council, Leaving Care Team

    Shropshire Inclusive Dance

    Shropshire Youth Support Trust (SYST)

    Telford Council Voluntary Service

    Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network

    Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

    Strawberry Studios

    Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    Taiko West

    Ubiquitous Arts


    Virtual Shropshire

    Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust

    Shropshire Archives

    Shrewsbury Library

    Shrewsbury BID

    Arts Alive

    Shropshire Ethnic Minority Association

    Parent and Carer Council Shropshire

    HAF Holiday Activities and Food Programme Shropshire

    Ty Gobaith

    SYA (Shropshire Youth Association)

    Hope House

    The Evolution Centre

    Vision Homes Association


    Trident Reach

    Positive Steps

    Seeds of Change

    DASH Arts

    How can you support our Wellbeing Projects?

    For more information about any of the projects please contact admin@hiveonline.org.uk


    Support letters

    Social media testimonials

    Award recommendations